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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell


In a blistering interview on CNN's State of the Union, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told host Jake Tapper that he has disliked Trump ever since the "birther" controversy and called him a "liar." Unsurprisingly, Powell also told Tapper that he will vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, despite his lifelong affiliation with the Republican Party.

Powell, who also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and worked for four presidents of both parties, noted that he has known Biden for more than three decades, "worked closely" with him, and considers the former vice president a personal friend.

But he was unsparing in his attack on the current president.

"When I heard some of the things he was saying, he made it clear to me I could not vote for this individual," Powell said of his initial revulsion against Trump. "The first thing that troubled me is the whole birther movement. The birther's movement had to do with the fact that the president of the united states, President Obama, was a black man. that was part of it. And then I was deeply troubled by the way in which he was going around insulting everybody — insulting Gold Star mothers, insulting John McCain, insulting immigrants and I'm a son of immigrants. Insulting anybody who dared to speak against him."

"That is dangerous for our democracy, it is dangerous for our country, and I think what we're seeing now, those massive protest movements I have ever seen in my life. I think this suggests the country is getting wise to this and we're not going to put up with it anymore," he stated before calling the president "a liar.".

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Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)